Volunteers work to clean up trash Shunga Creek

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Volunteers threw on their boots and braved the cold to clean Shunga Creek Thursday.

"When I was a kid, I would come down here and play. I have three little boys now and we were walking the trails and noticed how dirty it was and a picture on Facebook brought it to our attention," said Daniel Mandel, the organizer.

Community members and employees of area businesses walked and kayaked through the creek, picking up trash with their hands, nets and shovels. It all started when someone posted a picture of the trash-filled creek on Facebook, and people decided to take action.

"This trash buildup specifically. We just thought we'd get to it to give people a place to come and enjoy nature," Mandel said.

Jason Daniels, of Daniels Family Values Appliances, pointed out all of that trash can be harmful to the habitat as well.

"Kids play around here, there's sharps, there's poisonous stuff, you know. You can see all the Styrofoam cups, none of that's biodegradable. It'd be here forever," he said.

Daniels said they had been up since 3 a.m. preparing for the cleanup.